Welcome to the SBSG website

Sheffield Bird Study Group was formed in December 1972 as a forum for birdwatchers in and around the city with an active interest in ornithology. The group's recording area, covering twelve 10km squares with the city roughly in the middle, is hugely diverse, stretching north to the outskirts of Barnsley, south to Chesterfield, east to the lowlands beyond Rotherham and Bolsover, and west to the highest tops of the Peak District National Park.

We aim to promote an interest in birds in the community, provide something of interest to all levels of birder, co-ordinate fieldwork and recording in the area, and work with and complement the work of like-minded local and national organisations for the benefit of birds. SBSG is registered charity No 510857. click here for more.



Saturday 25th March 2017 - (10am-12pm)

Blacka Moor Nature Reserve Users Forum

Meeting at the Totley AC Pavilion, Penny Lane,   Totley, S17 3AZ.  

A poster detailing the event can be found here.

Meeting notes from the last meetings are here.

Indoor Meetings

Wednesday 12th Apr at 7.15pm

Esther Kettel - City Living? - Comparative Ecology of Urban and Rural Peregrines

Photo EK

Esther graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation from Nottingham Trent University in 2013 and then went on to study a Masters by Research in Biodiversity Conservation at the University of Nottingham. Whilst studying for her Masters she also worked for the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, carrying out water vole, water shrew and otter surveys. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD scholarship at Nottingham Trent University researching the ecology of peregrine falcons in urban habitats. Currently in her final year of the PhD, she aims to submit towards the end of summer 2017 and tonight she will share an insight into the research undertaken.

Urbanisation is rapidly increasing across the world, and the effects this has on wildlife can be detrimental. Some species, however, are able to adapt to these modified landscapes and even thrive in such habitats. The peregrine falcon is historically found nesting on tall, inaccessible cliff faces, yet increasingly it is found nesting in towns and cities...read more

Sheffield University Hicks Building, Lecture Theatre 5 

YNU Conference 2017

The Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union conference will be held on Saturday the 8th April 2017 in Hendrix Hall, Heslington West Campus, University of York. The conference theme is ‘Yorkshire’s natural history societies – for naturalists, for nature, for the future’.  

Full details here


Indoor Meetings

Wednesday 10th May at 7.15pm

Geoff Carr - Georgia


Geoff has had a lifelong interest in wildlife and particularly birds and was previously head of Barnsley Parks, Countryside and Rights of Way Group. As a past Naturetrek leader he visited many countries around the world and led around 50 tours during that time. He now runs his own Ecology survey business – Geoff Carr Ecology. He has been a bird ringer for 35 years, a photographer and article contributor to British Birds magazine, YNU Bird Report, Flamborough Bird Report and of course Barnsley Bird Study Group.

Visit to Georgia

“I visited Georgia in April 2014 after talking to the guys on the Georgia stand at the Rutland Birdfair the previous year. I wanted something different so choose this little-visited, historically turbulent country. There were three of us on the trip and lead by a Georgian wildlife film-maker. We had a great time, starting up in the snow-clad Caucasus Mountains, south through wooded valleys and onto the steppe landscape to the south of the country. A real mix of landscapes for such a small country. Migration in full swing through the country sandwiched between the Black and Caspian Seas”.

Geoff Carr

Sheffield University Hicks Building, Lecture Theatre 5 


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Help Sheffield University and SBSG support the Sheffield Peregrines

With your help we can provide more opportunities for people to learn more about these amazing birds as well as carry out important research. You can support the Sheffield Peregrines Project by donating through the Virgin Money Giving page.

Click on this link to learn more about the plans for the project and to donate:


Help Protect Ring Ouzels


Although a very early report at Redmires  was submitted on March 7th, the first returning Ring Ouzels were back on territory at the gritstone edges of Burbage and Stanage on 21st March, so it is an appropriate time to ask for maximum protection for this declining species. Many of us will want to see the birds, and some will want to photograph them, but the best interests of the birds must come first.

In 2016, joint advice from SBSG and DOS was we believe mainly followed,  but the previous year birds around Stanage Edge, Burbage Edge and Cutthroat Bridge were unfairly put under pressure by overly zealous photographers and those straying far too close to birds and their nest sites. It was, of course, only a minority of those who enjoyed the birds but having obtained maximum cooperation from the climbing groups who use these areas, it does no good whatsoever for the reputation of the birding community if we are seen as the cause of inappropriate disturbance. The BMC paper here illustrates how we can be proud of the breeding success of our Peak District birds despite the pressure from recreational groups.

Please take care and do report any cases that cause offence

Parking for Indoor Meetings

Please note the following in terms of the change in parking outside of the Hicks Building -

We have had contact from the University - they have apologised about not informing us of the change in parking policy for Zone B. This ought to allow appeals to be made to the third party provider and hopefully get any charges which were received at the January meeting rescinded. Please contact the SBSG secretary for details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Please note that this doesn't include tickets for on street parking, which are courtesy of Sheffield City Council!

You will now require a University Staff Car Parking Permit to park in any of their car parks. Therefore there is no visitor parking in University car parks. The University do have the Q Park on Durham Road now open and there are special evening and weekend rates in place that can be found online here.


As the 2016/17 winter is shaping up nicely as the best 'Waxwing winter' for some years, here is a link to an article by Dave Wood documenting the 2010/2011 influx in our area, with some useful information on ageing and sexing.

It can be found here.

Migration Article - Sheffield Telegraph

An article including the recent Waxwing influx and the Middleton Moor Starling roost can be found here

Membership News

Membership secretary, Martin Hodgson, will be available at the February meeting to receive subscriptions for 2017.  The membership fees remain as before - £14 for an individual and £16 for a couple/family.  If you can’t attend the meeting, you can still renew early by printing off and completing the form here, or by completing and submitting the online form here.


Birds in the Sheffield Area, 2014 - Annual Report now available

Editors: Richard Hill and David Wood 

Birds in the Sheffield Area, 2014 was published in February 2016, with help of the major sponsors The National Trust, Foothills and Harrison Cameras.

The cover of a Nightjar was created by Paul Leonard, and the text is interleaved with illustrations by Ben Green, Richard Dale, Paul Leonard and Ray Scally. The photographs are courtesy of A. Deighton, P. Garrity, R.D. Hill, A. Jones, M.N. Reeder, D. Simmonite, M. Smethurst and D. Wood.


Main Contents

  • A review of the birding year, 2014
  • Systematic List of records for the year 2014
  • Arrival and departure dates of migrant species in 2014
  • Glossy Ibis - New to the Sheffield Area

  • 'Siberian' Lesser Whitethroat at Nether Edge
  • Breeding Success for Hen Harriers
  • The cost is £6 if collected, or £8 to include postage and packing. It's free for qualifying members.
  • Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of this, or any other of our annual reports, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.